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It was an ingenious solution to the problem—as reliable as it was easy.
  showing inventiveness and skill
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ingenious ingeniously ingeniousness
Strongly Associated with:   ingenuous, ingenuity
Do not confuse this with ingenuous (lacking in sophistication or worldliness). It might help to think of the word ingenious containing the word genius.
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  • It was an ingenious solution to the problem—as reliable as it was easy.
  • The first person to put wheels on a suitcase had an ingenious idea.
  • an ingenious device
  • an ingenious press agent

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  • ...they invented some of the machines that have since troubled the world, especially the ingenious devices for killing large numbers of people at once,
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
  • The life rafts were ingenious things, packed into small bundles in the ship’s hull.
    Kenneth Oppel  --  Airborn
  • Ernest at length hit upon an ingenious plan.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • Their departure, with the ingenious manner in which they and their sheep were hoisted over the mountains, was a splendid spectacle.
    Voltaire  --  Candide
  • It was most ingeniously secured at vacant hours ... so that though a thief might get in with perfect ease, he would find some embarrassment in getting out
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • When a fox wants to den up, he will use ingenious tricks to throw off the hounds.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree

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  • The method of the theft was not less ingenious than bold.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Purloined Letter
  • Ingenious, really, how many ways Muggles have found of getting along without magic.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • In the pickling of hams they had an ingenious apparatus, by which they saved time and increased the capacity of the
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Let’s see how ingenious you are.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • ... when Mother realized that after she’s dead, she won’t be able to tell me what to wear anymore, she came up with this ingenious postmortem system.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • He made some seriously ingenious mechanical stuff.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • I thought about explaining to her my mother’s ingenious method of ridding the house of roaches—cracker crumbs and marshmallow—but then I thought...
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • I thought it was quite ingenious of me to suggest sitting in on the chemistry course even after I’d changed over to Shakespeare.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • Here let us breathe, and haply institute
    A course of learning and ingenious studies.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • They are an ingenious people,
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • He was an ingenious man.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • "Yeah, very ingenious, Hermione."
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • He had something in reserve, some ingenious product of his counselor’s wits that would overwhelm their scheme.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • the analyst is necessarily ingenious
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Murders in the Rue Morgue
  • ...he saw the first trap—a hundred-foot-wide crater ringed with boulders.
    Leo had to admit it was pretty ingenious. ...vat the size of a hot tub had been
    filled with bubbly dark liquid ...  suspended over the vat, an electric fan rotated in a circle, spreading the fumes across the forest. ... pressure sensitive...
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • It was ingenious and finally, I saw, all wise.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Human beings are remarkably ingenious,
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • thy most ingenious sense
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Mrs. Penniman desired to represent the ingenious Mr. Townsend as the hero.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • invented ingenious and even useful systems,
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Resistance to Civil Government
  • Noah had never slid his hand further than my neck, had never found ingenious ways to get places I was trying zealously to guard.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • That’s MIGHTY good!—and mighty ingenious—under the CIRCUMSTANCES!
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • "Quite ingenious how it works, given all the time differences," he said.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • They were ingeniously constructed: double soles from shower shoes were bound together and then completely covered in pink and white cotton yarn crocheted into intricate designs.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Had he actually been searching for the ingenious lock on her magic—Linh Garan’s prototype?
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • (Ingenious girl!
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • While Kit resorted to ingenious tricks, Mercy possessed the patience.
    Elizabeth George Speare  --  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
  • Father hatched a plan, an ingenious way to get around the Nazi rules.
    Karen Levine  --  Hana’s Suitcase
  • The two authors were impressed by one ingenious effort: "Locomotives …. were rigged to pumps and set to work with all their might; and with such success that, in a week after the fire, about a third of the people of the inhabited portions of the city had water…."
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • My father, ever ingenious, found a way to trade our apartment for one a gentile friend had inside the ghetto, hoping the swap might provide better accommodations than any the Nazis would arrange.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • (He failed to disclose that for another client, he had once designed an ingenious cable-and-winch lift system to raise and lower a chandelier at will.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • This outburst does little but boost the boy’s status in the eyes of his friends, who take to devising ingenious ways to irritate Mr. Curran without giving themselves away.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • It was a practical, cheap, and ingenious solution.
    Joshua Davis  --  Spare Parts
  • "Ingenious," whispers von Rumpel.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • "Tell Miss Anna," he wrote of his sister, "that I thought of collecting her a peck of Yankee finger nails to make her a sewing basket of as she is ingenious at such things but I feared I could not get them to her."
    James M. McPherson  --  What They Fought For - 1861-1865
  • Arriving back himself from the awful war with one eye missing and with a shattered kneecap—both wounds received at Chancellorsville—my great-grandfather unearthed the gold, and after the house once again became habitable, stashed it away in an ingeniously concealed compartment in the cellar.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He came up with the ingenious idea of building a giant wooden horse with a hollow belly.
    Lauren Tarshis  --  I Survived: The Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79
  • Bowing reluctantly to my absolute refusal to wear corsets, they had instead ingeniously reinforced the upper bodice with whale-bone stays ruthlessly stripped from an old corset.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Some of the new developments are most ingenious.
    George Orwell  --  1984
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Associated words [difficulty]:   ingenious [1] , ingenuous [7] , ingenuity [2]
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